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Supporting refugees in Sefton throughout Year of Friendship

This month, as part of our Year Of Friendship campaign, Sefton is celebrating diversity across our borough.

In the same month that will see the first Liverpool City Region Pride event take place in Liverpool this weekend (Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28), extending the values and reach of Pride across the whole Liverpool City Region, we’ll be shining a light on the many groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote diversity across Sefton.

One of the support programmes we offer here at Sefton Council are language courses for refugees living in the borough. The courses support them on their journey of learning English and also helps them integrate into our communities.

Classes are accessed through the Council’s Sefton Community Learning Service, which offers high quality adult learning programmes to help people make positive changes. Many current learners began their journey without English speaking skills and have progressed rapidly through the levels. Other courses are also available to help them improve their Mathematics and ICT skills.

Earlier this month, Sefton Library Service also announced it has been awarded almost £240,000 in National Lottery funding to support the Human Library project. The award will provide three years funding to Sefton Libraries to offer a programme of creative activities that invite local people to meet spend time together, making their neighbourhood a better place to live.

Part of the project will be dedicated to refugees in Sefton, with a tailored programme of activities involving culturally diverse artists, poets and writers aimed at refugees aimed at helping them feel welcome at our libraries.

The Sefton Library Service team will work with the refugee community to plan activities that celebrate their cultural heritage. Planned projects include a multi-language story and rhyme time in English, Arabic and Kurdish and a women’s weekly craft club. Although the activities will be aimed at refugee and asylum seekers, anyone from the Sefton community is encouraged to join in and take part.

To find out more about our refugee language programme, or any other courses at the Sefton Community Learning Service, contact 0151 934 4546 or visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning/community-learning.aspx

To find out more about The Human Library Project visit www.thehumanlibrary.co.uk